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Underground Comics Artist Benjamin Marra Hits Town

April 17, 2012

Controversial Brooklyn illustrator and underground comics artist Benjamin Marra has a new solo exhibit opening up at Hampden’s Spur Gallery (co-owned by City Paper contributor David Plunkert), an offshoot of local design studio Spur Design. Marra’s work, which tends to be on the lurid side, has attracted clients ranging from Playboy to Vice to Marvel Comics to The New York Times. Marra will be on hand at the free opening reception for his show, Swords Buried Deep, selling copies of his various comic books, such as Night Business, Gangsta Rap Posse, and The Incredibly Fantastic Adventures of Maureen Dowd. Marra has been compared to comic book marvels Paul Gulacy and Jim Steranko and underground comic book geniuses Robert Crumb and Spain Rodrigues. The opening reception is your only chance to meet the artist and buy copies of his comic books, but his work  will be on view at Spur Gallery through May 21, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The opening reception takes place on Saturday, April 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Spur Gallery, 3504 Ash Street. For more information, call 410-235-7803.